Error Package 'stats' in defaultPackages not found

Error Information:

Brand new installation.
During startup - Warning message:
package ‘stats’ in options("defaultPackages") was not found
Error in inDL(x, as.logical(local), as.logical(now), ...) :
unable to load shared object 'C:/Program Files/R/R-4.0.3/library/stats/libs/x64/stats.dll':
LoadLibrary failure: The specified module could not be found.
Description of issue -

Steps taken so far -
uninstalled and re-installed R (first) and then RStudio. Verified that stats.dll is in the location specified. Verified that STATS package runs in R.

System Information:

  • RStudio Edition: (Desktop or Server) desktop
  • RStudio Version: 1.4.1103
  • OS Version: Windows 10
  • R Version: 4.0.3 64-bit


  • RStudio diagnostics report:
  • Your sessionInfo():
  • RStudio crash report:
  • RStudio application log files:

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